Sunday, May 29, 2011

Peeps on Parade Day

Sarge is sponsoring a Peeps on Parade event where bloggers are to tell a little bit about their humans. If you would like to join in on the fun, just visit Sarge's blog and read the details.

Many of you know that we often refer to one of our peeps as The Momster. Of course we truly mean that to be a fun nickname for her. Mom is wonderful to us and we all love her very much even if she would only let us share one photo.

Both Mom and Dad were born and raised in Massachusetts. Mom lived in Springfield, MA for many, many years and has fond memories of her childhood and young adulthood there. Dad was born in Northampton, MA and lived in Hatfield, MA until he and Mom got married in - yikes - 1971!!!! Forty year anniversary this summer. They were blessed with three beautiful and wonderful children who in turn have given them six delightful grandchildren. They have lived in Kansas on two separate occasions, once in the late 1980s and then a return in 1999 with a 9 year span in between spent in Connecticut. They both love the Midwest but miss the ocean and fresh tasty fish.

Mom spent many years as a teacher of French and mathematics at both the high school and middle school levels. She also has 10 years of work in the compliance area of a couple of life insurance companies. She gave up her teaching career in 2004 to help with the care of the first grandchild. Then as time went by, the number of little ones here during the week grew from one to three to four to five of the six kiddos. #6 lives in California and so we only get to see him a few times a year. She does enjoy her time with the little ones and is happy to be able to help out. But she still manages to find time for all of us. She loves to read, crochet, and play in the garden, but she never seems to have enough time for any of those hobbies these days.

We tried and tried to get her to pose with us since we do so much posing for her. But the best we could do was to search the house for a photo to share. Here is what we found:

This is the Momster a hundred years ago when she was about 2 or 3 visiting Stanley Park in Westfield, MA with her family.

Now as for Dad, he is about as shy as Mr. Phantom. He really didn't want us to talk about him here, but we are pretending we didn't hear him. HE is the reason WE are members of this family. Mom never really wanted a "husky" but got Dakota for Dad when he was having some very bad eye problems and had gotten very depressed.

Here he is hiding behind one of our human sisters back on the day when Dakota first came home(ignore the date on the photo, it was really October 1997). He was so surprised with his present and loved sweet Dakota dearly. The rest of the story is history as Phantom came along 15 months later, then Thunder, and now Ciara. We all have to thank Dakota for changing Mom's mind about Siberian huskies. Thank dogness for that.

Dad has spent most of his career in insurance. He has worked in several different areas of the business and is now winding down many years in the Executive Life area. We keep hearing him talk about retiring - this has been going on for a couple of years now, but he says this IS the year. He too enjoys reading, although his eyes continue to be problems and prevent him from reading as much as he would like. But he is also a huge movie buff. He HAS to have his Saturday fix at the movies every week or he feels cheated. He likes all kinds of films, but his favorite are drama, science fiction, vampire, and some comedy. Mom doesn't really like the science fiction and vampire stuff, but she is a good sport and always goes along for the ride - she says it is one good way to catch a quick nap:)

So that's a little bit about our peeps. We know there is lots more we could say, but at least this is a start.

Sending you all wishes for a wonderful weekend.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara


Kari in WeHo said...

Sounds to me like you have a great human family :)


♥I am Holly♥ said...

Love the post!! Very informative and entertaining!! We love the picture of your mom from a hundred years ago!! She sure was a cute one! The dad is also and the sister too!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

BeadedTail said...

We enjoyed learning more about your Momster and dad! Your mom was a cute little bean! It'll be fun to have your dad retire and be home with all of you. Doesn't that mean double the walks? We're glad that beautiful Princess Dakota changed your mom's mind about Sibes too!

Sarge said...

Wow, this is a pawesome P.O.P. post! Sounds like your mom really enjoys her kids and grandkids. Being a teacher is a really great thing to be. Happy anniversary to your peeps...41 WOW! Your dad liking movies is fun. My mom likes those same kinds. I'm really glad you pawticipated in my event and I'm excited to know more about your pawesome hu-pack!! Great pix of them too!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

houndstooth said...

Mom says she'd go to the vampire and sci fi movies with your dad! Your peeps are great and we think they are perfect for you!


P.S. Mom and Dad went to a dog show today and they saw a few Sibes, but they weren't nearly as good looking as any of you!

Winnie said...

Love your stories about your peeps. How lovely that they have been happily married for all that time.

Love and licks, Winnie

bichonpawz said...

Our Mom was born in MA too!!! Sounds like you all have the perfect family!!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Gus said...

Wooooo HOOOOO...the hoomans here have a 40th annimaversary coming up in just a bit over two weeks. Congratulations to your peeps.

Thank you for telling us about them.

gussie n teka

Ginger Jasper said...

You have a special family and it is lovely to hear about them. I am sure you could find just one photo of the peeps though. Yes..go on sneak just one.. Hugs GJ xx

Stella said...

I was excited to see the Story of the Peeps listed because I felt I would at LAST get to see a picture of my friend Kathie aka Momster. Sigh! No such luck, she pulled a sneaky which she is good at doing.

What a nice family you pups have and congrats to the parents for 41 years together!

Cheers and hugs,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

sprinkles said...

I really enjoyed reading about your peeps.

I really thought about joining in but like to remain anonymous and didn't want to show my picture. I love the creativity of others who have found ways around that, including your mom's!

Dakota was such a beautiful puppy!

Mack said...

What a great post! We really enjoyed the story of your Peeps!
Mom is getting her POP post ready right now!
My mom LUVS going to the movies too!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

That was very fun to read but... the photos.... harruumphhhhhhhhh....................

We didn't join in as, by now, everyone knows what our #1 looks like!

Reilly / Bree said...

Sounds like a wonderful family to me and we can see how happy you guys are.

Thor said...

Beautiful post! We enjoyed a lot reading about your peeps. Sounds like you have a wonderful family. Beautiful Momster, Dad and Sister. And the little Dakota. Thank you, Dakota for changing Mom mind! Lovely pictures! You're a blessed family!

Thor and Jack

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh, that was a great post! I did so love learning more about your humans - although I do wish you did manage to get a photo with your Momster!! :-)

Honey the Great Dane
ps. Yay! I can comment again!!

Huffle Mawson said...

It's lovely to learn more about your family! I knew a bit about the momster but not about dad!

Mrs. JP said...

Stellar post!!!
I'm glad to know about you two. I think we'll participate in this as well.
Happy Memorial Day...remember those (and their families) who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
blessings from the holler...

Sagira said...

Thanks so much for sharing about your mom and dad. We don't hear you talk much about your dad so it was fun to learn about him. I didn't know he was the reason you are all there. That is very neat. :)

Maggie and Mitch said...

We love getting to know your mom and dad better, guys! Your mom was sure the cutest little girl!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

An English Shepherd said...

Hope you are having a nice weekend as well :-)

Benny and Lily said...

It was sure nice meeting every buddys
Benny & Lily

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

How did I NOT know your peeps were from Massachusetts??? I thought it was great that we shared a love of the cape. Western Mass is beautiful!

Once again, we have yet another reason to be grateful to Beautiful Dakota!

Thanks for forcing your peeps to share!

Happy tails!
Stumpy and her bean

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Your momster watches moovies with her eyes closed like Tucker? Wowie! That do be a furry cute pikshure of your momster from 100 years ago, BOL. Now you has to talk those wonnerful hoomans of yours into throwing a big 40th anniversary pawty with lots of noms fur YOU!

ArtemisiaFSS said...

I wonder if I can tell about my Peeps, the Mom isn't being very helpful lately. We all enjoyed learning more about your parents. ~Fenris

Maggie Mae said...

LUVS your post AND your peeps! :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Furkidsmom said...

We liked learning about your peeps. We didn't even know about Peeps on Parade when we posted our Mom and Dad today!!

Mom is squeeing at the picture of Baby Dakota. She sure was a cutie.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Sarge said...

Ohhhhh you three!! Now that picture was NOT from 100 years ago.. I am sure SURE of it. I'm bettin it wasn't even as long ago as 87 years!! Your momster is gonna spank your tails fur tellin that. hehehehe

You Do KNOW... who this is don't you?? Surprise.. it's ME (Frankie Furter) usin Sarge's Stuffs to write this to you!!!
GRRRRREAT Job on this Peeps on Parade Post.. I think your mom and dad and the kids and little two leggers are all SUPER. I'm just sayin.

Doris Sturm said...

Wow, that was very interesting. You guys are very smart and did a great community effort in reporting on your peeps...I hope you all will have a happy and safe Memorial Day tomorrow!

Sue said...

Wow, your Mom and Dad have a lot in common with ours. Especially the movie stuff. Dad loves what Mom calls bad movies and she tries to find other guys to go with him so she doesn't have to.

Thanks for all the good info.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Lorenza said...

Thanks for sharing the stories of your Mom and Dad!
I loved reading them!
And I love the pictures too!
Kisses and hugs

K9 Katastrophie said...

What a great family!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I'm SO glad woo three were able to pawticipate!

I know The Momster is furry proud of what woo shared!

What great pikhs!

PeeEssWoo: When my mom was a pup - up to the age of 8 or so - the next town ovFUR was Springfield Delaware Khounty - akhtually, her grades one two and three were at Holy Cross in Springfield ;-)

Mr. Pip said...

My mom's father lives outside Boston and she loves New England. I can understand why your mom misses the ocean!

How wonderful that your mom watches the grandchildren! My grandmother (my mom's mom) watches my sister a couple of days week as well. She only lives a couple of miles from us which is really nice.

Your pal, Pip

Lincoln said...

Awww, this post was so great to read ! I loved learning a bit about your family :-) The picture with your human sis' holding Dakota is SO cute. And so is the one of your Momster.

You sure have a great family.


euthymic said...

You sure have some real interesting peeps there. Glad your dad gets to see his weekly movie:)

Mocha Barney, Ashley Pumpernickel and Winniechurchill

Mango said...

That was a great post. Yuh, we know where Springfield is for sure as my one and only dog show was at The Big E! Ha!

I hope your dad gets to retire and spend all his time with you and the grandpeeps. That is what it is all about for sure.


KB said...

I was born in Mass too, and then lived there for about a decade in my young adulthood so we have that in common!

I loved your post, learning a bit more about you. We used to call our mom the "momster" too so I never even blinked at your nickname!

I hope that you have a wonderful day on this Memorial Day!

Channon said...

What a great post! Thanks for sharing so very much about your peeps. Gretchen here - Sis left out SO MUCH about our peeps... They're hometown kids, childhood sweethearts, and Dadaw found both of us. Well, Dadaw's assistant at work found Sis, but he found me all by himself, with help from the internet.

Suka said...

What a wonderful post! You pups have such a lovely and fun family! We have never been to the East coast but have heard great things about it. In fact, my human's sister wants us to move to Boston. Not sure on that, though.

We LOVE the photo of your mom! It is a beautiful photo! And your dad is silly hiding behind your human sister! Very cute!

It is so interesting to read about the humans behind the pups. We are so glad your shared them with us, thank you!

Suka and K

FiveSibesMom said...

It was wonderful reading about your great hu-parents and seeing Dakota as a sweet baby. You are lucky Sibes indeed to have such a wonderful family.

rottrover said...

Phantom, Thunder and Ciara, thank woo for sharing about your peeps!! We're going to assume that your human sister resembles the Momster at least a little - she is very pretty - so you sort of snuck in a little of your mom!! While the OP is very pretty, we hope you can someday get back to the east coast. We'd go crazy without the ocean near us!! Thanks so much for sharing!

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Corbin said...

My grandma Lynda has been trying to figure out a way to retire so she can stay home with my little human cousin! So nice that your mom is able to do that! It's great learning about your peeps!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

We already knew your humans were pretty special but thanks for sharing the details behind their generous hearts and caring souls. Like ours, your parents seem like they have found the true meanings of "love" and "family" and walk their talk in a bazillion ways every day. 40 years is awesome!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Good to know more about your peeps. My mom LOVES MATH - its her major in college n she also taught. You guys are very lucky have a wonderful family.Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

road-dog-tales said...

That was sooo cool to learn more about your peeps! We hope your Dad gets to retire soon so you can have both your peeps at home and at least ONE of them will be at your beck and call 24/7! Your peeps sound really smart! Mom tried the French thing back in h.s. 'cause she wanted to go to France, but she's not very good with the foreign languages, plus she has a Southern accent and French sounds funny with a Southern accent. She did get to go to France, though :)

The Road Dogs

the booker man said...

phantom and thunder and miss ciara!

thankies for woofin' about your momster 'n dad! me and asa and mama really enjoyed readin' about them! how neato that your mama taught french! oh, and my daddy loves sci-fi movies, too. heehee. miss baby dakota was so so so adorable like and such a sweet pressie for your daddy.

the booker man

Pippa said...

That was really good of them to allow you to paw that up. Misery doesn't let me write anything about her. Although she has far too many of her own boring blogs.

Nice pic on the grass :)